Marouane Fellaini has claimed that United made a mistake by not tying him down to a new contact sooner.
The Belgian has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for quite a while now, and looks set to leave in the summer. Jose Mourinho remains a firm admirer of the midfielder, and has repeatedly reminded him that he is a very important part of the squad.
However, Fellaini is refusing to commit his future to the club, and he now claims that he is in a strong position in the negotiations, since the club has shown an eagerness to keep him.
“The entire staff is doing everything [so] I can stay,” he told Sport Voetbal Magazine.
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“The club did not renew my contract last year. Now I am in a strong position, especially since Mourinho has stated that he wants to keep me.
“Last year I went to the coach and I said that I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I will not ask it 10 times. Afterwards I became important for the team… and a good player costs at least 50m euros. The club knows that they went wrong there.”
Fellaini also revealed that he is still negotiating with the club, and hasn’t made a final decision yet as to whether he will stay or leave.
“I am now 30 years old, at the end of my contract and negotiating with Manchester United,” the towering midfielder added. “There are several clubs that show interest. I’m waiting for what’s going to happen.”